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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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My 2012 Plot

Some of you may remember a few weeks ago I asked for some advice for a first time food plot. In the past, I have planted a few small patches of corn for the deer, but this year we decided to put in a pretty significant food plot. It is just shy of a half acre. We had it tilled on Friday. WE put down 26 bags of lime and some potash according to our soil sample needs. Friday evening we seeded it with 7 Card Stud from Evolved Harvest. Got some germination today! I will have to post pictures later this week, and I will probably need some tips for maitenance to make sure it is still there in the fall!!

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These are pics two weeks after we put the seed down. We followed all directions and did what the soil test told us to do. It's only coming in strong in 50 percent of the plot and even at that I think it is behind for two weeks. Unless I am just worrying my food plot is worse than it is.




















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What all is in this mix? Looks for for two weeks!

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Oats, triticale, winter peas, turnips, radish, clover, chicory.

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4 week pics. Still some thin spots. Some spots are doing really well. Seems the brassicas took over where there is more sun and the oats and triticale are doing better than the brassicas in the areas with more shade.










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26 bags of lime sounded like a lot of lime. You cant adjust the ph that quick it takes time. Did you use a starter ferlizer?
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26 bags of lime sounded like a lot of lime. You cant adjust the ph that quick it takes time. Did you use a starter ferlizer?
Yes. We used the correct starter fertilizer containing potash as per our soil test results from PSU. Also, we need to add 26 more bags of lime. However, it was advised not to add all of it at once as it would shock the system and not be successful. We are debating whether or not to add some ammonium nitrate. We don't want to break the plants with our spreader.

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Looks pretty good to me actually

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I see what you mean about your 4th week compared to my 3rd week. I hope my turnips get that big this week. I did not do a soil test I just went by the advice from a friend. I was thinking about adding some more 10-10-10 as I have some left. Do you think this will hurt anything? Also my plot is located in an area that seems to be quite swampy in some areas and there is a creek nearby, I think the soil is real acidic. I'll bet your soil is way better than my area. I hope mine grows like yours.

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I see what you mean about your 4th week compared to my 3rd week. I hope my turnips get that big this week. I did not do a soil test I just went by the advice from a friend. I was thinking about adding some more 10-10-10 as I have some left. Do you think this will hurt anything? Also my plot is located in an area that seems to be quite swampy in some areas and there is a creek nearby, I think the soil is real acidic. I'll bet your soil is way better than my area. I hope mine grows like yours.
You can see there is definitely a huge difference between the end of week 2 and the end of week 4 in the brassicas. I looked at your soil pics. It looks like your soil is much better than mine. My soil is very rocky and the guy we hired to till the land couldn't get more than an average of 2" deep with his tractor. Our initial soil test results were examined by the place we bought our lime. He said he never saw such a low PH. Our soil is still acidic because we only added half of the lime required so far.

How much sun do you get? I find it so interesting the brassicas aren't growing where we have the richest, moist soil in the shade. They are actually growing the best at the highest elevations in the food plot. You might be able to see how our land slopes down a bit. The oats and triticale are doing the best in the moist, shady areas. At some point between weeks 2 and 3 the best looking parts of the plot switched from the shady areas with oats and tritical flourishing to the areas where the brassicas are. I thought we were going to initially not have anything do well where the brassicas are doing well now. You might be able to notice this between the sets of pics I have. Based on my experience with some diverse soil throughout my plot, my best guess is your brassicas might not do as well as the oats and triticale. I am far from an expert, but this is what I noticed in my plot with a similar seed mixture as what you planted.

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